Increase in registered unemployment for April 2020

Statistics should be interpreted in the context of the developments and restrictions related to COVID-19 - NSO

In April, the number of persons registering for work stood at 3,979, increasing by 2,231 persons when compared to the corresponding month in 2019. This data was published by the National Statistics Office, NSO, provided by Jobsplus.

Statistics indicate a year-on-year increase of 2,125 persons registering under Part I and an additional 106 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register.

NSO stated that these statistics should be interpreted in context to the unprecedented developments and restrictions related to COVID-19.

According to the statistics registered unemployment levels increased across all age groups.

Those registering for work for less than 21 weeks and those registering between 21 and 52 weeks, increased when compared to April 2019 levels.

The largest increase was recorded among persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks. On the other hand, those who had been registering for work for more than one year, decreased when compared to the same month last year.

The data also shows that the number of persons with a disability who were registering for work increased by 35 when compared to the previous year, reaching 253. Males accounted for 70.0% of total registrants with a Disability.

The largest share of males and females on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical and support workers, with 21.4% and 33.3% respectively.

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